New attraction for Melaka


MELAKA: Pulau Upeh, the tiny island off the coast of the city, will be redeveloped and named D’Upeh Spa and Wellness hub.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the tiny island had the potential to be another top tourism product for Melaka.

“We will renovate the abandoned chalets and create a man-made beach to make it more attractive,” he said, adding that they would focus on health tourism at D’Upeh.

Idris earlier witnessed the signing of a joint agreement between Melaka Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) and Mrails International Sdn Bhd at Seri Negeri here.

State secretary Datuk Wira Roslan Ibrahim, CMI general manager Datuk Rahman Ismai and Mrails International Sdn Bhd president Datuk Muhammad Jk Noah Abdullah were also present at the ceremony.

He said the redevelopment of Pulau Upeh would cost about RM20mil and was expected to be completed by the middle of 2019.

Idris said previous attempts were made to redevelop the island but had proved unsuccessful.

“This time, we are focusing on inland development to avoid any destruction to the environment,” he added.

Idris said the core development would focus on the upgrading of 39 existing chalets that were previously abandoned and attracting 51,000 tourists to the island once the project was completed.

Pulau Upeh is also known as a landing site for the endangered hawksbill turtle.

This was also the site where the Portuguese sourced stone to build the A’Famosa after conquering Melaka in 1511.

The Portuguese built a temporary wooden embankment to secure Melaka but later built a stronger stone and mortar structure extending from the riverfront to the foot of St Paul’s Hill, facing the sea, and the materials were sourced from Pulau Upeh.

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